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Students Grow in the DV Makerspace

The Delaware Valley Friends School Makerspace, managed by Barbara Lee (and Edu-Tech Academic Solutions), is a favorite hangout in the mornings before school. Watch and listen as Middle School students work on a marble run they designed. It demonstrates perfectly what we're hoping to achieve in the Makerspace: The freedom of open-ended exploration with found materials which leads to tinkering, testing, failing, testing, and ultimately, growth.


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Transitions Times and Anxiety

DVFS Lower School Assistant Director, and Lower & Middle School Counselor, Christy Zawadzkas, shared some thoughts about an article she recently read about anxiety, and we wanted to share this food for thought regarding helping your student through a time of transition, such as the beginning of a new school year.


Transitions can be challenging. Whether we are transitioning to a new school, new city, or new job, there may be some anxiety.

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New Article About ADHD and "Hyperfocusing"

Helen Mannion, Director of Teaching and Learning at DVFS, shares what she thinks are some important takeaways from this article from ADDitude magazine about a common — but confusing — symptom of ADHD called “hyperfocus.”

    • People who think ADHD means having a short attention span may misunderstand what ADHD is...
    • What you might not know about ADHD is that there’s another side: the tendency for children and adults with attention deficit disorder to …
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DV Alumna Shares Her Dyslexia Story

Delaware Valley Friends School Alumna Michelle Guerin (Class of 2016) is a Sophomore at Cabrini University, studying Digital Communications and Social Media. Michelle writes, edits, and is a photographer for The Loquitor, the Cabrini University student-produced news forum. In an article published September 7, 2017, Michelle wrote a story titled "You Have Dyslexia," about her experience as a student learning and growing up with dyslexia. We share …

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A Message from the Head of School re Violence in Charlottesville, Va.

Friends, we share this letter from our Head of School, Kirk Smothers, in response to the violence in Charlottesville, VA.


August 17, 2017

Dear Friends,

At this point in the summer, I normally write a letter announcing new faculty and giving a preview of the school year to come. That letter will go out soon, but today I write as a leader of the Delaware Valley Friends School community and a citizen of our nation out of concern after the tragic and …

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This is Delaware Valley Friends School

We are thrilled and proud to share this new DVFSchool video, created entirely by DVFS alumni and students, and highlighting the many ways that Delaware Valley Friends School stands out as a leader in the field of educating students with learning differences.

Delaware Valley Friends School is a private, independent Quaker school in Paoli, Pennsylvania, serving students grades 3-12 with learning differences.

DVFS welcomes students with learning …

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Happy Teachers Change the World

It makes sense, right? Happy teachers change the world, and at Delaware Valley Friends School we know for a fact--and benefit every day--from the teachers among us who are working to create a balanced, mindful, peaceful learning environment, not just for students but for the faculty and staff, as well. DVFS Upper School faculty member Elizabeth Kriynovich is one of those teachers.

Through her teaching, her work with the Yoga Club, and as a …

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DVFS Leads the Way in Requiring Girls Lacrosse Helmets

In August of 2016, U.S. Lacrosse, the sport's national governing body, announced its decision to make helmets optional for all levels of girls lacrosse. At the high school level, each state's athletic association makes the decision whether or not to adopt this new rule. Pennsylvania decided to accept the recommendation for optional helmets in the girls’ game.

This is the first-ever performance standard for women’s lacrosse headgear and was …

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DV's Multisensory Math Approach Energized by Visiting Specialist

For two days in late March, DV welcomed Marilyn Zecher, M.A., CALT to observe and share her wealth of knowledge in Multisensory Math as a way to best meet the needs of our student population on all levels. Multisensory Math is rooted in the Orton-Gillingham tradition of language instruction, using methods to include Kinesthetic, Tactile, Visual, Auditory, and Expressive sensory areas to support student understanding of math concepts and …

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Supreme Court ruling a win for special-ed students

Last Wednesday was a great day for special-education students in the United States. Our frequently divided U.S. Supreme Court ruled unanimously in Endrew F. v Douglas County School District that public schools are required to provide free and appropriate educational placements, which lead to more than de minimis (meaning trivial or minimal) student progress.

Instead, the court advised that the "educational…

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